A smidgen of irony accompanied Dallas star Luka Doncic’s wild game-winning buzzer-beater 3-pointer against Memphis on Wednesday.

It came following Mark Cuban’s criticism of the NBA’s play-in game format in which the Nos. 7-10 seeds compete for the final two playoff spots after the conclusion of the regular season. Cuban bemoaned the inability to rest key players during a demanding 72-game pandemic-induced schedule as the Mavericks fight not only for a playoff spot but to stay out of the play-in game scenario.

The format is designed for several purposes: to give more teams a chance to make the playoffs, to create excitement, to curtail tanking and to make more games meaningful.

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